October 28, 2019
I extend to all those celebrating Diwali, which began yesterday, my best wishes for a beautiful celebration: may your life and the lives of your loved ones be as luminous and magical as the lights on the Diwali lamps!
I also note a somber anniversary: yesterday was the one year anniversary of the massacre in the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. As we recall this tragic event as well as many others, that have taken place before and since, in churches and mosques, in movie theaters and night clubs and at concerts, both in our own country and beyond, may we be inspired with courage to stand up to hatred: May we be not bystanders, but upstanders.
And now for something more mundane: thinking about your studies ….
As we approach the end of October, you’ve probably gotten back some of your midterm papers, projects, and exams. Look carefully at the feedback from your faculty. Where you don’t understand their suggestions and comments, go to see them in their office hours to ask questions. Reflect on their constructive feedback and make a note to yourself about how you will act on that feedback on your next paper, project, or exam so that you can do even better on the next graded assignment.
I hope you had a chance to see Legally Blonde last weekend, but if you didn’t, please make a plan to see it this weekend. It’s your classmates who are performing and it will never be easier (or cheaper) to see a great musical production!
Lastly, as you celebrate Halloween this week, please be sure to be safe while you’re having fun.
Your friendly neighborhood dean,
Congratulations to the HCLAS seniors listed below who, earlier this month, were recognized with awards for academic excellence in the major listed next to their name. These students have done outstanding work not only in their majors, but have also engaged deeply in the lives of their communities.
School of Education
Early Childhood and Childhood Education: Roel James
Physical Education: Christina Wegener
Secondary Social Studies: Dennis Belen Morales
School of Humanities and Fine and Performing Arts
Dance Education: Alicia Brantigan
English: Cybele Laisney and Martha Morton
Fine Arts – Painting: Jasmine King
Latin American and Caribbean Studies: Jenny Maldonado
Linguistics: Landri Kennedy and Emma Trombetta
Music: Vincent Coacci
Music Theory and Composition: Samuel Falotico
Spanish: Ellary Mischel
Theater Arts: Jacqueline Sanger
Peter S. Kalikow School of Government, Public Policy, and International Affairs
Anthropology: Sarah Dowd
Criminology: Manmeet Nijjer
Economics: Athina Giouvalakis
Economics – Mathematical and Business Economics: Laura Masciullo
Geography: Emma Rossetti
Global Studies: Ryan Leighton
History: Imani Hinson and Allie Richardson
Philosophy: Harrison Boyd
Political Science: Sara Bornstein and Ryan Katz
Public Policy and Public Service: Catherine MacCarthy
Religion: Manmeet Nijjer
Sociology: Madison Warfel
School of Natural Science and Mathematics
Biochemistry: Madeline Currie
Biology: Katherine Rozek and Taylor Scutari
Chemistry: Mathusa Lakuleswaran
Geology: Angela Rienzo
Mathematics: Eric Adsetts and Briana Schmidt
Neuroscience: Julia Shalov
Physics: Mike Chinbayar
Psychology: Jacquelyn Ciarcia, Amanda Lastella, and Samuel Wayne
If you’d like to compete in the Hofstra Entrepreneurship Center’s Digital Remedy Lion’s Den competition, you must register in advance: Pitch a business idea, interact with judges who are entrepreneurs, and build your resume by participating in the Hofstra-Digital Remedy Lion’s Den on November 1 from 2 pm to 4 pm in the ideaHUb. $1,000 in total prizes will be awarded and pizza will be served. Space is limited and competitors must register in advance here
Tuesday, Oct. 29
04:00 PM – 05:00 PM: Information session for Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program – this is a scholarship program for students to go on a summer study abroad, for free, to a place where a critical language is spoken. You can see more about the scholarship (which languages, other details) at this website: www.clscholarship.org. Dean Rifkin has been a reviewer for this scholarship program and will be among the presenters at this information session to describe, in his experience, what has distinguished more successful applications for this successful scholarship from less successful applications. Come if you’re interested in applying for Summer 2020 or for some future summer.
Friday, Nov. 1
03:00 PM – 04:00 PM: Fulbright U.S. Student Program Information Session – this session is an opportunity to learn about the Fulbright program and how to make your application more successful. Come if you want to apply for a Fulbright year for 2020-2021 and if you want to get a Fulbright for any year after that because you might take advantage of some tips to make choices for courses and other experiences that might be useful down the road.
04:00 PM – 05:00 PM: MFA in Creative Writing Informational Webinar
Monday, Oct. 28
02:55 PM – 04:00 PM: Conversation with Camouflaj Founder Jeffrey Matthews
Tuesday, October 29, 2019
06:00 PM – 08:00 PM: Film Screening: Chasing Coral
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
11:15 AM – 03:00 PM: MakerPark 2019!
11:15 AM – 12:40 PM: The Colloquia Series: Tyler Thier
02:55 PM – 04:30 PM: Olympic Latin America: From Colonized Bodies to Neo-liberal Urbanization
Friday, November 01, 2019
12:45 PM – 06:15 PM: The Network Self: Relation, Process, and Personal Identity
02:00 PM – 04:00 PM: Hofstra-Digital Remedy Lion’s Den (Spectators)
04:30 PM – 06:00 PM: The Visiting Research Scholars Program: Marcelo da Silva Leite
08:00 PM – 10:00 PM: Legally Blonde
Saturday, November 02, 2019
08:00 PM – 10:00 PM: Legally Blonde
Sunday, November 03, 2019
02:00 PM – 04:00 PM: Your last chance to see Legally Blonde
Monday, November 04, 2019